The Last of Us is one of the greatest games of our era. It's arguably one of the greatest games of all time, yet I refused to even play it. I purchased The Last of Us after hearing so many great things about it, and watched as my wife dealt with the game's first tragic moments, but I never sat down and gave the game a chance, myself. That all changed as of last week, however, and now I hope I'm the last of us to miss out on something so entertaining.
What took me so long to appreciate this masterpiece that I already owned? It's not like people weren't giving it enough praise or that the game hadn't received enough honors or awards. On the contrary, The Last of Us is one of the most celebrated games of all-time and deservedly so. The main reason I hadn't started playing TLOU, quite simply, is because my wife was playing it.
To fully understand the situation, you need to understand how immersed I can get into a game — especially one as captivating as The Last of Us. Nearly from the moment I pressed start until the credits rolled on the screen, I didn't want to stop playing...not even for a short pause. Literally and figuratively, once bitten, I was infected.
love like Ellie, but I love my wife a lot more, and she tends to hate the things I get carried away with. She has good reasons to. If I had children, they'd probably be starving to death — just like the people in The Last of Us — until I was finished playing the game. Can you imagine if I were one of those guys who were married with children and was a platinum trophy whore?
So, when my wife decides to play a game — even if it's The Last of Us — I usually try to avoid that game. It's all part of my plan to bring her to the dark side. This time, however, I got a challenge from Ben I just couldn't refuse.
And so, let the games begin!
The Last of Us begins in eerie silence; then, "Aw Hell" breaks loose. Really. You'll go from relaxing comfortably in your house to running around screaming, "Aw Hell! Zombies." Then, one of them will catch you, kill you, and fuel your vengeance. Continue? Hell yes I will. Forget the story, forget the game's clever controls; I just wanted to kill those sick bastards.
After your rage has calmed down and you stop seeing red, take a moment to appreciate the game's finer points:
- haunting story
- smooth controls
- intense action
- emotional voicing
- stunning graphics
- violent brutality
- and an ending just the way I like it